NEW REPORT shows why national Climate Laws are essential for climate neutrality in Europe

The UNIFY consortium, together with other CAN Europe members and partners, publishes today “Climate Laws in Europe – essential for achieving climate neutrality”. The report, which takes stock of the situation of national climate laws in 17 European countries – also beyond EU borders – has three main goals: Providing easy access to anyone that […]

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REPORT: Key recommendations to strengthen and improve EU Effort Sharing Regulation

The LIFE Unify consortium published a report titled “Implementing the Effort Sharing Regulation at the National Level: Lessons learned and recommendations from the LIFE Unify project“. The report provides recommendations on how to strengthen and improve the revised regulation based on the experiences collected at the national level. Based on the experiences collected by the […]

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Report: Lessons learned on planning local climate action

With over 70% of EU citizens expected to live in urban areas by 2030, municipalities will play a fundamental role in accelerating climate action across the European Union. Unfortunately, when it comes to climate and energy action and targets, the sub-national level has so far been receiving little attention. In this context, the LIFE Unify […]

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Long-term Climate Planning in Central Eastern European Countries

In September 2021, UNIFY partners have published a detailed assessment of national-long term strategies in European countries. Building on this, Central Eastern European NGOs from Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia came together to look into best practices from six Central Eastern European Member States and draw recommendations for the region. This new briefing “Long-term […]

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Forget me not: National strategies to reach climate neutrality are still missing

According to the Governance Regulation, Member States are required to prepare national long-term strategies to present their climate and energy transition pathway with a perspective of at least 30 years. Despite the deadline for submission being 1 January 2020, still seven countries’ national strategies are missing and the timeline for the European Commission’s assessment is […]

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Transport sector needs stronger targets and better harmonised policies to achieve climate neutrality

Transport emissions in the EU’s Member States keep rising. If the EU is serious about achieving the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C objective, European transport policies must radically change. The report, published today by the Unify project partners, assesses transport policies of the EU and five of its member States, and makes recommendations to bring transport policies in line with the Paris Agreement.

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OP-ED: Time for Paris-compatible coal phase-out plans in Central and Eastern Europe

Central and Eastern European countries need to set national coal phase-out dates by 2030 at the latest in order to fall in line with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, environmental campaigners write. (This article is written in the framework of the Unify and the EUKI project "Building capacity for multi-stakeholder cooperation on long-term climate planning").

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Problematic measures to be addressed during the ongoing assessment of Recovery and Resilience Plans

The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) provides member states a large-scale financial support for public investments and reforms to support the relaunching of ailing economies in the short term, but also the creation of more sustainable and resilient societies for the future. To do so, RRF funding must also be allocated to address the other, […]

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NECP Tracker reveals: the EU needs better plans to implement the enhanced climate and energy targets

Comprehensive revision and implementation of Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans (NECP) will play a key role in achieving higher climate and energy ambition in the EU by 2030. While NECPs still need to be updated in order to be aligned with and implement the EU’s higher climate and energy ambition, it is still […]

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The assessment of draft CAP Strategic Plans reveals that the European agriculture would fail to deliver climate action

The EU’s post-2022 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will play a crucial role in tackling the climate crisis. While the trilogues are ongoing between the EU legislators, Member States have already started developing their national CAP Strategic Plans. Unify project partners assessed five Member States’ draft Strategic Plans. The report reveals that the national Strategic Plans would require serious revisions, if the Member States are to deliver their climate, energy and biodiversity objectives under the European Green Deal.

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Europeans call for climate-friendly EU budget

Member States are currently developing their plans on how to spend the EU’s long-term budget 2021-2027, together with its recovery instrument (Next Generation EU). Unify project partners and CAN Europe members assessed 16 Member States’ draft spending plans to see whether they live up to the Green Deal promises and put over 50 “good, bad and ugly” measures included in those draft plans to a public vote. Europeans have voted for the top measures that should be replicated, the biggest missed opportunities to be urgently addressed and the ugliest projects that should be scrapped. 

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Rallying cry for climate friendly spending of EU funding: NGOs highlight good, bad and ugly measures in spending plans

Member States are currently developing their EU funds spending plans to demonstrate to the European Commission how they are going to use the unprecedented amounts of EU budget and recovery funds. A campaign launched by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, under the Unify project, identifies climate and environmental friendly and harmful practices that 13 Member States and regions plan to finance from the EU’s purse.

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Action on energy poverty lacking in the EU, an analysis of 6 national plans reveals

New analysis of national plans, policies and measures in six Central and Eastern European countries, reveals inadequate action to tackle energy poverty. The report, prepared by NGOs and researchers across Europe, finds that Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia have failed to provide a clear definition of energy poverty in their national plans, a […]

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